We had a chance to visit the SpierHead winery for the first time during the FabFive Wineries weekend to support the Kelowna food banks with non-perishable food donations. They were pouring Pinot Gris, a lightly oaked Chardonnay, a Bordeaux blend and of course the reason why we came was to try the Pinot Noir. The winery makes about 3500 cases of wine each year of which 2/3 is Pinot Noir. The original vineyard was planted in 2008. In 2014 an additional five acres of Pinot Noir was planted. SpierHead now grows four different PN Dijon clones.
The Pinot Gris was exceptional with a total acidity level of 8.0 and a residual sugar of only 4.3. The wine is great with food and we finished a bottle that night with garlic prawns and rice. The Bordeaux blend went really well with the chocolate truffles they were serving and the Pinot Noir was excellent. They had a deal on the Pinot Gris we couldn’t resist so picked up three bottles plus a bottle of the Pinot Noir Cuvee.
SpierHead Pinot Gris 2014 Golden Retreat Vineyard (710 cases). The wine begins with an appealing aroma that mingles hints of herbs with citrus and apple. On the palate, there are flavours of melon and apple. The wine, fermented and aged in stainless steel, has good weight. This is an extremely crisp wine. The grapes come from the Golden Retreat vineyard near Summerland. The gentle whole cluster pressing andlow-temperaturee fermentation preserve the fresh orchard fruit flavours.
SpierHead Pinot Noir 2014. This entry level pinot is smooth with plum and perfumed flowers carrying to a supple palate of cassis, cherry-vanilla jam, chocolate and mocha. The 10 months in French oak is evident in the wood spiced finish, but any edges are all but swallowed up by the fruit. This medium-bodied Burgundy style Pinot Noir is a great value.